North Pole Hut

The San Juan Hut Systems North Pole Hut sits at the edge of a meadow, and west of the beaver ponds, just below the North Face of Hayden Peak (12,987′) and features great views of Hayden as well as surrounding peaks North Pole (12,208′) and S-9/Dark Horse (13,134′)

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The San Juan Hut Systems North Pole Hut accommodates eight people via padded bunk style-beds.  Amenities include a propane stove, propane lamp, wood stove, firewood, cookware, and utensils. Bunk beds include 4 inch vinyl covered sleeping pads.

During the summer months water is available from the nearby stream or beaver pond. The hut is supplied with five gallon for transportation to the hut. Hut users are responsible for treating water with Iodine, Pump/Filter, or UV Scanner.

Route Miles Ascent Descent
Winter Trailhead to North Pole Hut
8.0 – 9.0
2,520’ – 1,800′ 500’
Last Dollar Hut to North Pole Hut
500’ 1,520’
North Pole Hut to Blue Lakes Hut 7.2 1,500’ 1,020

The North Pole Hut is available for summer use from May 1st through November 30th. Cost is $30/person/night (maximum of 8 people).  View our summer availability calendar and call 970-626-3033 to make a reservation.


Approximately 3-5 hours. Park at Box Factory Park about 12 miles from Ridgway on West Dallas Creek/ CR9. Hike west on the Dallas Trail for 3.5 miles to the North Pole Hut. This is an Intermediate hike with the north faces of the Sneffels Range directly above, all towering over 13,000 feet.

The information provide on this page is intended to give our guests ideas on potential activities at The North Pole Hut, but the possibilities are endless. We provide more detailed route descriptions only for the trails accessing the hut and between huts upon booking. Please note, the times given here are estimates of the total time needed for the outing.

-Hayden Basin, 2-5 hours, Intermediate. Intermediate hiking into the basin below the north face of Dark Horse/S-9 and Hayden peaks is a great day’s hike.

-Access the Last Dollar Hut, 4-6 hours, Intermediate/Advanced. A beautiful 10-mile traverse through aspen and spruce with many small streams, parks, and meadows through the Sneffels Wilderness Area.

-Access the Blue Lakes Hut, 3.5-5 hours, Intermediate. A spectacular 7.5 mile walk with phenomenal parks, meadows, and aspen groves.

Wildlife Viewing
-Many sightings of the resident Big Horn sheep herd are possible in the environs of the connecting ridge lines of the access described by Han Shan(12,311′), Hayden(12,987′), and Dark Horse/S-9 (13,134′) peaks.

-Hayden Peak (12,987′), 5-7 hours, Advanced. Ascend the North Ridge of Hayden Peak to the summit of and views of the Island Ranges of Utah including the La Sals, The Abajos, and the Henrys (190 miles line of sight).

-The Hayden Traverse, Traverse from the summit of Hayden (12,987′) to the summit of Dark Horse/S-9 (13,134′) with descent down “The Ramp” into the headwaters basin of West Dallas Creek underneath the towering north face of Mears Peak (13,496′).